No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing
The In-Your-Face, Results-Focused, No-“Kumbaya” Guide to Social Media for Business!
- Detailed techniques for increasing sales, profits, market share, and efficiency
- Specific solutions for brand-building, customer service, R&D, and reputation management
- Facts, statistics, real-world case studies, and rock-solid metrics
Stop hiding from social media--or treating it as if it’s a playground. Start using it strategically. Identify specific, actionable goals. Apply business discipline and proven best practices. Stop fearing risks. Start mitigating them. Measure performance. Get results. You can. This book shows you how.
Jason Falls and Erik Deckers serve up practical social media techniques and metrics for building brands, strengthening awareness, improving service, optimizing R&D, driving better leads--and closing more sales.
“Conversations” and “communities” are wonderful, but they’re not enough. Get this book and get what you really want from social media: profits.
Think social media’s a passing fad? Too risky? Just a toy? Too soft and fuzzy? Not for your business? Wake up! It’s where your customers are. And it ain’t going away. Does that suck? No. It doesn’t. Do social media right, and all those great business buzzwords come true. Actionable. Measurable. And...wait for it...here comes the big one. Profitable. Damn profitable.
Want to know how to do it right? We’ll show you. And, yeah, we know how because we’ve done it. This is the bullshit-free, lie-free, fluff-free, blessedly non-New-Age real deal. You’re going to learn how to use social media to deliver absolutely killer customer service. How to R&D stuff people actually want. Develop scads of seriously qualified leads. You’ll figure out what you want. You know, the little things like profits, market share, loyalty, and brand power. You’ll figure out how to measure it. And then you’ll go get it.
One more thing. We know what scares you about social media. Screwing up (a.k.a., your mug on the front page of The Wall Street Journal). So we’ll tell you what to do so that won’t happen. Ever. No B.S. in this book. Just facts. Metrics. Best practices. Stuff to warm the hearts of your CFO, CEO, all your C-whatevers. And, yeah, you. So get your head out from under the pillow. Get your butt in gear. Let’s go make some money.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid. Or not. It's Your Choice,
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This review is from: No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (Hardcover)No B**S Social Media, a Recommended Book (Four Stars)
No B**S Social Media, Review No B**S? Really! No B**S Social Media at least has a catchy title. It certainly got my attention and hope that this would be one of the better books on Social Media Marketing. I teach Social Media Marketing in San Francisco and online (just Google `Jason McDonald' or click on my profile to find me), and so I am always on the look out for new insights into the emerging world of SMM.
Bottom line: four stars
I recommend the book as a good, fresh intro to Social Media Marketing.
The book's strength: a detailed, high level overview to WHY Social Media matters.
The book's weakness: lack of how-to-, step-by-step detail.
No B**S Social Media is 90% a conceptual book, and only 10% a practical how-to guide. The discussions of ROI / Metrics, review marketing, and how to organize your social media team in a larger company are all quite good. If you have an... Read more
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
More About the "Why" than the "How",
This review is from: No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?)As an independent author working with a extremely small, almost non-existent marketing budget, I was hoping this book would be a stream-lined, no-nonsense book on HOW to use social media. Although this book does offer some suggestions, the main focus on this book is on persuading the reader for that his or her business actually needs to be using social media. It does do a great job where this is concerned. This book is loaded with facts and figures on WHY every business should be using social media and the ways that social media can help your business.
What I found lacking, and what I was really looking for, was a clear-cut guide to HOW to use all the available social media. Don't get me wrong, the authors do offer some tips and points in this area, but overall this book is not a guide to HOW to use social media to your advantage. Also, this book is more geared towards bigger businesses, not the struggling author or mom and pop business. This is not a knock on the book, but... Read more
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Here we go again,
This review is from: No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (Hardcover)Here we have yet another steaming pile of hype, written by two people who got successful selling hype, and hyped by dozens of fellow hypers. Since it is exactly as useless as everything else ever written on this subject, I'll give a general overview on social media marketing and then at least you'll be able to think straight while reading this book...
Everything I read about social media falls into a few small categories:
1. We researched whether social media is an effective marketing tool and have determined that it is. Our proof is the fact that (a) people like it, and (b) people use it.
2. There is no question that social media marketing is effective. It is, and if you doubt it then you're so pre-2009, and you'll cry when your competitors steal all of your business because you didn't have a Twitter account.
3. We researched whether social media marketing is effective and have determined that it can be, but not always directly or even... Read more
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Table of Contents
Introduction.. . . . 1
Part I: Social Media Is for Hippies. Social Media Marketing Is for Business.
Chapter 1: Ignore the Hype. Believe the Facts. 9
Social Media and the Hype Cycle 11
The Problem with What Social Media Purists Preach 15
But Asking About ROI Is Asking the Wrong Question 16
Seven Things Social Media Marketing Can Do for Your Business 19
1. Enhance Branding and Awareness 19
2. Protect Brand Reputation 20
3. Enhance Public Relations 21
4. Build Community 21
5. Enhance Customer Service 22
6. Facilitate Research and Development 23
7. Drive Leads and Sales 23
When You Add “Marketing,” It’s About Business 24
Chapter 2: It’s Not Them; It’s You! 27
Today’s Consumer Is Different.You’re Still the Same Old Dinosaur 29
You Never Controlled Your Message 31
If Social Media Can Help Overthrow a Government, What Will It Do to a Company? 32
It’s Not About Being on Social; It’s About Being Social 34
If You Don’t Trust Your Employees, You Hired the Wrong People 36
Don’t Blame It on IT, Compliance, or Legal 38
Social Media Doesn’t Violate Company Policy. People Violate Company Policy 39
So What Can You Do with Social Media? 40
The Ball Is in Your Court 41
Chapter 3: Your Competition May Have Already Kicked Your Ass 43
Your Audience Doesn’t Trust You Anymore, Anyway 45
Go Ahead, Buy an Ad 47
But We’re a B2B Company; We Don’t Count 48
Destroy Your Printer 49
The Shipping Industry Goes Social 50
But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Complicated 50
Do You Want to Be Greg Tackett or His Competition? 51
Chapter 4: Here’s the Secret: There Is No Damn Secret! 55
Social Media Marketing Is Not About Technology, It’s About Communication 56
Tools Change; the Need for Messaging Won’t 57
Social Media Is Not an Advertising Medium, but Social Platforms Can Be 58
This Ain’t “Rocket Surgery” 61
Starting in Social Media Is Like Asking an Investor for Money 61
Social Media Marketing Is About Planning and Measuring 64
Five Mind-Set Shifts That Make Successful Social Media Marketing Managers (and One Caveat) 65
Part II: How Social Media Marketing Really Works
Chapter 5: Make Some Noise: Social Media Marketing Aids in Branding and Awareness 71
Your Brand Is What the Community Says It Is 73
Traditional Marketing and Its Metrics Have Lied to You for Years 77
Why We Can’t Measure Traditional Marketing and PR 78
Why We Can Measure Social Media 79
Compare Costs Between Social Media and Traditional Media 81
What Traditional Marketing Costs 82
What Social Media Marketing Costs 83
The 500 Million Water Coolers Are Now One Big One 84
Putting Metrics Around Branding and Awareness 86
Chapter 6: It’s Your House: Social Media Marketing Protects Your Reputation 91
What Is “Crisis Communication”? 95
You Just Can’t Wait for Traditional Media to Catch Up or Get It Right 96
When You Don’t Listen or Respond, You Get Chi-Chi’d 98
Six Steps for Dealing with Detractors 100
But It’s Not Always About the Negative 101
Protecting Your Reputation Has a Technology Side, Too 102
Putting Metrics Around Protecting Your Reputation 104
Chapter 7: Relating to Your Public: Social Media Marketing and Public Relations 109
Public Relations Is Not Only About the Mainstream Media Anymore 112
Journalists Are Using Social Media, Too 115
Social Media Lets PR Skip the Gatekeepers and Editors 116
Quit Waiting for Traditional Media to Catch Up 117
Avoiding the Filter of the Traditional Media 118
The New Media Relations Landscape 119
Crisis Communication Starts Months Before You Have a Crisis 122
Dealing with Detractors 123
Putting Metrics Around Public Relations 125
Chapter 8: The Kumbaya Effect: Social Media Marketing Builds Community 129
Understanding Different Types of Communities 133
There’s More to Building Community Than Just Making Friends 135
Measuring Community 136
You Can Even Build Community Around Scissors! 138
But What If Our Competition Shows Up in Our Community? 140
Okay, So How Do You Do This and How Much Will It Cost? 142
Chapter 9: It’s About Them: Social Media Marketing Drives Customer Service 147
Why Do You Want to Hear from Your Customers? 150
Putting Your People Where Your Mouth Is 151
You Can’t Help Everyone 152
You’re Not the “Jackass Whisperer” 153
Sometimes It’s Just Two Little Words 155
Putting Metrics Around Customer Service 157
Measuring Customer Service Savings 159
Chapter 10: Get Smarter: Social Media Marketing Drives Research and Development 163
Collaboration Is the New Black 164
Collaborating with Customers Breeds Customers 165
Let’s Collaborate About Scissors...Yes, Scissors 166
Papa’s R&D Is in the House 168
Measuring Research and Development 169
It’s Adding R&D to Your R&D 171
But We’re a Small Business;We Don’t Do R&D 172
How to Plan For Research and Development 175
Chapter 11: It’s All About the Benjamins: Social Media Marketing Drives Sales 179
Nothing’s Wrong with Advertising 182
Advertising Is Outbound. Social Media Is Inbound 183
Case Studies in Social Media Marketing for Sales 184
The PIs and the KPIs 185
Putting Metrics Around Sales 187
We Know What It Can Do; Now How Do We Do It? 190
Part III: Get Off Your Ass, Would Ya!
Chapter 12: Remedy Your Fears with Sound Policy 193
Why Do We Need a Social Media Policy? 195
The Question of Ownership 198
What Can Employees Do at Home? 199
Telecommuting Is Not the Same as Personal Networking 200
What Should a Social Media Policy Include 200
What Should You Do About Privileged Information and Avoiding Giving Advice? 204
Trust Employees, but Not Everyone Should Speak for the Company 205
Who Should Enforce It? 205
Let’s Be Clear on the Responsibility 207
What If People Spend Too Much Time on Social Media? 208
Chapter 13: Assign Responsibility and Be Accountable 211
The Question of Ownership 212
A Quick Review of the Pros and Cons 213
Public Relations 214
Customer Service 215
Who Should Not Be in Charge 215
The Ideal Setup 216
Social Media Management Is for Senior Staff, Not Interns 217
Who Are the Ideal Social Media Practitioners? 218
What If Your Employee Becomes a Social Media Rock Star? 219
The Models of Social Media Management 221
Hold Your Team Accountable 223
Chapter 14: This Is NOT a Sandbox. It’s a Business. 225
You Know What It Can Do, Now Decide What You Want It to Do 226
Done Is Better Than Perfect 228
Turn Your Plan into Action 229
Planning for the Unexpected 231
Sometimes You Can’t Do It Alone 233
Chapter 15: Being Social 237
Being a Social Business Makes Customers Proud to Wear Your Badge 238
Social Media Marketing Is More Than Just Business 239
Five Kickstarters to Change a Traditional Mind-Set 241
Kickstarter No. 1--Hear, Then Listen 242
Kickstarter No. 2--Share, Then Solve 243
Kickstarter No. 3--Launch, Then Learn 243
Kickstarter No. 4--Trust, Then Adjust 244
Kickstarter No. 5--Give, Then Get 244
In the End, It’s a Business 245
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